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Super-sizing World Regional Geography for the World

Authors: John Boyer*, Virginia Tech
Topics: Geography Education
Keywords: World Regions, Online
Session Type: Paper
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Standardized testing, MOOCs, automated systems, complex pedagogies, and adoption of all manner of trendy technologies into every classroom situation are currently presented as the "solutions" to current educational challenges. Nonsense. 21st century students certainly interact and engage in entirely new ways, but great teacher/student communication and engaging assignments are still at the core of building great learning environments, even for entirely digital online courses. There are tons of great new tools out there to facilitate great communication online but they should not all be automatically ignored by older generations, nor immediately embraced as a solution in and of themselves. Professor Boyer will share highlights of two decades of experience with new technologies and evolving student mindset in creating super-large online courses (5000+ students a year) on World Regional Geography and Geography of Wine.

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